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Montevideo American-News
  • Letters to the Editor, Thursday, June 12

  • The American-News welcomes letters of opinion from our readers. Letters regarding current local and national news items are encouraged. All letters are subject to editing for length and style. Letters containing potentially libelous or obscene statements will not be published. Letters must contain name, address and phone numb...
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  • The American-News welcomes letters of opinion from our readers. Letters regarding current local and national news items are encouraged. All letters are subject to editing for length and style. Letters containing potentially libelous or obscene statements will not be published. Letters must contain name, address and phone number for verification and in case of questions. E-mail letters to:  jjones@montenews.com Letters may also be mailed to:  Editor, Montevideo Publishing, P.O. Box 99, Montevideo, MN 56265
     
    Another look at Pioneerland
    Last week, several area newspapers printed my letter about the Pioneerland Library system.  Head Librarian Mark Ranum did reply in writing, but not in a public forum; instead, he sent his comments to board members and all of the Pioneerland librarians.  His comments agreed essentially with what I wrote:  that PLS emloyees are not allowed to contradict PLS with the public or “stakeholders”, that library hiring decisions rest with PLS , that little-used items will be removed from libraries, and that the “right combination of education and experience” may be more important in hiring than a professional degree.  
     
    His comments were lengthier than mine, and made from his perspective and supervisory powers as director of two large library systems at a salary of over $170,000 per year.  He is a good writer, and an extremely persuasive and convincing speaker; as an old friend of mine once said:  “the man could convince the Devil to repent!”  He also wrote that I was “confrontational and demanding” and labeled me as one of “those sorts of people” who is “always ... unhappy.”  Mark Ranum also wrote that I “made several very inappropriate comments about several of our librarian staff”.  That is not true.  Mr. Ranum then sent this statement to board members and to all Pioneerland staff.  
     
    To clarify:  I am the “sort of person” that prefers to air my opinions in public, not behind the back.  I am the “sort of person” who would NOT write inaccurate statements about another person and send it out to dozens in the community.  I have no control over what Mark Ranum writes or says about me, and no comment on the choices he makes. I do feel the public has a right to learn about his response to my comments, especially because Pioneerland is a public entity funded with public money.
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                                   Clara City
     
    A great year for 27 students
    Mrs. Dee Lund has had a great year with her 27 Youth Services and Careers class. They have been out serving many needs, volunteering and job shadowing. This is the activity our students need to explore their futures and make a better place of this world.
    They have been at Luther Haven, Copper Glen, Perfect Paws (animal shelter) and some have been with our pastors helping out with educational issues and needs.
    God bless these young peopel mentored and supervised by a great community, opportunities, and Mrs. Lund. Thank you!
                        —David Swenson    
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